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As the springtime arrives, as well as often warmer weather, comes a rise in the prevalence of sports related eye injuries. Every year, far too many children and adults sustain sports related eye injuries that could be prevented with suitable defense. Protecting your eyes while playing sports is particularly important in high-risk sports or those that expose you to the sun's rays such as hockey, softball, football, racquetball, boxing, water polo, or fishing.

You can avoid most sports eye injuries by using the correct protective eyewear best suited for the sport you're participating in. The right eyewear will keep you injury-free and will also have lenses that shield you from harmful ultra-violet light for outdoor activities. Eye wear made specifically for sports is made to withstand frequently occurring accidents. Conventional frames and lenses typically aren't adequate for preventing impact, meaning that even just the smallest hit can mean an actual risk to eyesight.

Sports and eye safety means more than using the appropriate eyewear. Your vision is an important component of how well you compete, so you must have strong vision. For those who normally require glasses, you might need protective sports glasses that have a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. For contact lens wearers, you may require a different lens than those you wear on a daily basis. Contact your eye care professional about the choices that are right for you.

Each sport has a range of dangers and demands, so it's important to let your eye care professional determine your specific needs and suggest the correct glasses or contact lenses best for your visual skills. This will help you gain the winning edge that'll help you succeed and enjoy sports safety.

Each sport has differing needs and risks, so it's important to let your optometrist identify your unique needs and provide the right eyeglasses or contact lenses best for your eyesight needs. This is key in helping you give you the boost you need to excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.